2 Corinthians 1:1–2 (ESV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians has been “painful” (2:1). As Christ’s representative, Paul calls them to repentance
(cf 1Co 5–6; 10–11) for their willful disobedience of the Gospel of Jesus. Yet, even for this Church there is grace and peace from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” which establishes and sustains them anew as God’s saints.
Like the Corinthians, we must also admit and repent of our misuse and neglect of the ministry of the Word. Too often, we trust in our own wisdom and strength to the detriment of our walk with God. Yet, Jesus is continually gracious toward us with a forgiveness
that is as real as Jesus Himself. Just as He was gracious to undeserving, even arrogant, people at Corinth and restored them as saints, He can reach each one of us right where we are.
I pray: Dear Lord, thank You for continually reaching me and renewing me in and through Your Church. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1981.